My career at sea commenced in 1977, joining the Union Steam Ship Company of NZ
Ltd as a Deck Officer Cadet. On attaining 2 nd Mate Foreign Going Certificate in 1981
I was appointed as 3 rd Officer to a coastal product tanker.
With more of the world beckoning I migrated to Australia and joined the Australian
National Line (ANL). Long sea voyages on international trades both tramp and liner
enabled me to rapidly attain the sea time for First Mate and Master Class 1
Certificates of Competency.
1992 saw the Government re-structure and sale of the ANL and employees
transitioned to ASP Ship Management. I remained with ASPSM until 2000 when I
transferred to Trident Shipping.
From 2002 to 2005 I worked for Coogee Resources on an FPSO (Floating Production Storage &
Offload Facility) in the Timor Sea.
In 2006 I re-joined ASP Ship Management with whom I am still in the employ of today.
Many years at sea working on oil tankers gave rise to the opportunity to teach the Petroleum
Tanker Safety Course at the School of Navigation, TAFE Broadway.
To date I have accumulated 42 years continuous service, 65 countries visited and experience
in the following types of vessel:
- Bulk Carriers: Gearless, Geared and Self Discharging.
- Oil Tankers: Product, FPSO-Crude, Bunker Ships.
- Ro/Ro’s (Roll on Roll Off)
- Specialised steel carriers.
- Specialised Semi Automated Pulp and Paper Carriers
- Container Ships: Cellular (Bellows and Integrated reefer Systems)
- Ro/Pax – Roll on Roll off Passenger Vessels.
- PCC’s - Pure Car Carriers
Attendance of the IGNSS conferences at UNSW on behalf of the AIN has been a privilege and
given worthwhile insight to current technology it’s benefits, challenges and ongoing
I have a keen interest in the diversification and supplementation of exiting systems capable
of providing reliable back up where current technology can be compromised.
Being a Fellow and current President of the AIN has provided a conduit to valuable contacts
within the Navigation fraternity and beyond.